So then, Tommy!, our former governor and now a star of the Washington D.C. lobbyist scene, has found another way to maximize his exposure: he won’t announce whether or nor he’ll run for the U.S. Senate until the state Republican convention in late May. We have two different takes on this. One is from John Nichols of the Capital Times, the other from Diana Marrero of the Journal Sentinel. Nichols quoted Feingold at an in-person appearance in Madison, communicating Feingold’s readiness to take on Thompson. Marrero, rather than personally quoting Feingold, quoted from an e-mail from the senator, despite the fact that she could have gone to a Feingold event in Milwaukee on the very same day. She probably would have gotten much the same response. But instead the Journal Sentinel article uses an impersonal line from the e-mail. Out of context, it’s that much harder to understand what Feingold is saying and that much easier to read in whatever you want to. It’s clear that Senator Feingold is ready for a spirited contest.
Are the Republicans?
And what of the tea party inspiration that led David Westlake to don blaze orange and declare his candidacy?
Is the Wisconsin Republicans party going to brush aside the populist Westlake in favor of the hyper-connected and affluent Thompson? And with it, the anger and chaos of the Tea Party movment?
As we know, a U.S. Senate bid by Tommy! would make the lobbyists in D.C. very, very happy. If the tea partiers are so roused to resist corporate interests and backroom dealings, they need to unite against Tommy and make their opposition clear to the Wisconsin G.O.P. Fast.